We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Ship Inn & Hotel

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Management photos
The Ship Inn & Hotel
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

100 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 98: English reviews
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

We live locally and are regulars which helps but we are treated royally well as are all customers . Particularly the landlord, but all the staff are charming and friendly. Food is much better than the local alternatives and combine that with the atmosphere and feel of the place you are not going to do better!! I look forward to...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank ReggieRex
Exmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised how busy it was for a cold Monday night. We had a glass of wine in the cozy bar area before going into the restaurant. We both enjoyed all three courses. The service was very good, will definitely be going back soon.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank John A
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and service. We were a large party and most of us had pre-booked. Some had the lunch menu and others had the main menu. The staff were very accommodating and friendly and the food was hot and delicious.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Aimée S
Midlands
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Good food, Nice room, Great Breakfast - what more do you need! Staff very nice and efficient. Great selection at the bar that will satisfy most tastes. Free parking directly opposite the pub. Stayed overnight whilst in the area on business and will return as its good value for money.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank JonesyboyMidlands
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Chosen as a potential mid-way stop near A303 on a journey down to Devon. No problem parking (Tuesday 1.00pm) opposite The Ship and grassy patch for Spaniel to 'stretch her legs' on a long lead. Interesting menu with good selection, but stuck to just mains as driving. Helpful pleasant service.

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank voiceman2015
Rustington, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 August 2016

from walking in the door we were made very very very welcome. our room had one double and two single beds. tea and coffee and two televisions.The had a great shower had plenty of hot water and was very clean . The only problem was dinner choosing from the menu was difficult I had the haddock and rabbit absolutely delicious...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank ericwelsh28
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 August 2016

2 couples in our 60s stayed 2 nights at this inn, which is attractive, rustic and run by a great team, cheerful, efficient and friendly. Good rooms with comfy beds and ensuites. Nice decor, clean and characterful. The only downside was that it was unusually warm weather and the windows were painted shut. The breakfasts were delicious - really good...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Susanna D
Whickham Tyne and Wear
Reviewed 7 August 2016

The Ship Inn own website says it all. An excellent place to stay and eat A good centre, good staff , an owner(Gavin) who runs the show and sees to your requirements, top class breakfast, well kept ales, good rooms with character as befits a place going back about 250 years and a good and varied menu. Justifies its place...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank WAG1940
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 July 2016

A friend and I went to the Ship for dinner last night, we had heard it was good so we thought we'd try it out. It's a beautiful building and just as lovely on the inside. friendly welcoming staff and great food make it a certainty that we will go back again. The food was tasty and well presented as...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank su1705
Templecombe, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 July 2016

This quite local to us and we go to the Ship for a treat. The food is excellent and the hospitality is first class. We cannot comment as we have never stayed there only been to their restaurant. Would recommend.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank jsmsomerset

21 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (11)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Room/Suite (2)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
Other (1)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (10)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (3)
Viewed
Room/Suite (2)
Viewed
Dining (4)
Viewed
Other (1)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Gillingham
3.7 km away
The Crown Inn
The Crown Inn
#1 of 4 in Sturminster Newton
111 reviews
5.9 km away
BEST WESTERN The Royal Chase Hotel
5.3 km away
The Grosvenor Arms
The Grosvenor Arms
#1 of 2 in Shaftesbury
362 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
28.9 km away
Summer Lodge
Summer Lodge
#1 of 2 in Evershot
795 reviews
9.2 km away
The Grove Arms
The Grove Arms
#1 of 1 in Ludwell
168 reviews
15.4 km away
The Crown Hotel
The Crown Hotel
#1 of 2 in Blandford Forum
347 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Ship is a privately owned informal country pub, retaining country pub values and atmosphere, whilst offering good quality food, drink and accommodation.The Ship is a proper country pub, and as such has a number of traditional features mixed with plenty of modern touches. We offer a variety of quality dishes using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The bar serves a varied & interesting selection of real ales, beers, traditional ciders and wines, while our accommodation offers five comfortable en-suite rooms. As featured in both The Good Pub Guide and The Good Beer Guide, The Ship’s unique ambience and stylish but warm décor, offers ample opportunity to relax away from it all, whether you’re simply dropping in for a drink, something to eat, or staying for business or pleasure.The Ship is an ideal base to explore the region and the nearby towns of Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Gillingham are all within easy reach. Local attractions include Stourhead House & Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, The Fleet Air arm Museum and The Haynes Motor Museum. Walkers can enjoy exploring the Stour Valley Way with its nearby footpaths, which pass through the picturesque Dorset countryside ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Ship Inn & Hotel

Address: West Stour, Gillingham SP8 5RP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Gillingham
Price Range: $135 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Book Direct Rooms so you can book your The Ship Inn & Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from The Ship Inn & Hotel staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from The Ship Inn & Hotel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“You can ask for a larger bed if that's important to you.”
 of 5 bubbles SusannaD854, 18 Aug 2016 | Read review
“We didn't stay, we just went for dinner”
 of 5 bubbles su1705, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Although on A30 no traffic noise due to the secondary glazing. old building the floor were quirky but added to the experience!”
 of 5 bubbles K5350XZpeterh, 27 Feb 2016 | Read review
“all the rooms are tastefully decorated and clean”
 of 5 bubbles Chunksoft, 19 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Always ask.”
 of 5 bubbles 527jo, 9 Jun 2015 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay